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ELECTRONIC VOTING PROVES SUCCESSFUL IN WEST LOTHIAN

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West Lothian Council is calling for the urgent introduction of electronic voting for elections following its own ex...
West Lothian Council is calling for the urgent introduction of electronic voting for elections following its own experiment, billed as the first of its kind in the UK.

The council earlier this month used touch-screen technology in an election for Broxburn Community Council, setting up stations in the local community centre and the parish church.

Leader Graeme Morrice said that 562 residents turned out to vote. Past elections for community councils were usually one-off public meetings which attracted about 60 people, Mr Morrice said. 'There were no technical problems and the general consensus among voters was extremely positive.'

West Lothian argues electronic voting should be allowed for local and general elections because its experiment proved attractive to voters and provided significant cost savings.

The Broxburn poll, which involved choosing 18 community councillors from a list of 29 candidates, closed at 9pm. The results were declared 30 minutes later.
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